The girls have been begging to go somewhere to play in the leaves since our yard has smaller trees with not enough leaves to pile up and jump in.
And that's what it's really all about - right?
So, we loaded them up with a rake and headed to the park.
Helps to have a variety of HLF t-shirts in their wardrobe. Fall colors - check.
I honestly have a hard time concentrating while driving. (I stopped 3-4 times while driving through a neighborhood the other day to take pics of trees...the girls thought I was a bit crazy.)
The colors and the angle of the sun...literally take my breath away.
It happens over and over and over again in the fall.
Angie had watched kids playing in piles of leaves in movies but never in real life. Though we had some tough moments - she LOVED it!
During this season we continually weigh out the pros and cons of each outing, event, activity, relationship and pretty much everything else. With newly adopted kiddos of any age - a predictable routine can really bring security and normalcy.
Just look at Exhibit A
Ha! She is normally a goofball and we wouldn't want her any other way!!
Back to seasons...both in nature and in our life. There are honestly more triggers than one can imagine that comes with a life that was filled with so much trauma. Weather, holidays, strong emotions (positive and negative), scents, memories, expressions, pain, relationships and so many more.
So, we try to establish some safe, secure predictability to our week.
Allowing for the occasional new adventure.
Knowing that there might be a melt down or tough reaction.
We take the risk not only for our other kids that we know won't be triggered by certain types of outings, but also to help build positive new memories for everyone.
For me - being out in God's creation during this time of year is absolutely therapeutic.
It also gives everyone fresh air...
and plenty of exercise which helps in so many ways!
As we walk through this challenging season filled with therapy, doctor's visits, hours of listening to the horror stories...
All of us enjoy this added into our schedule!
While we have others coming alongside us to help us walk through these challenges...
we know that our future and the future of our kids lie in the hands of God.
We pray every single day for total healing.
And we believe that He is going to do that!
But, sometimes it seems like He allows us to go through a process of strengthening our faith.
And gives us HOPE that does not disappoint!
A time of working all things together for good even when we can't see it yet, though we often glimpse it along the way.
Trusting the God who could create such beauty is undoubtedly trustworthy to heal and restore our precious girls. And make something beautiful of their lives.
And though we have days that are draining, scary, challenging and exhausting - I am determined to see the beauty along the way as He's given us a front row seat to see the mighty things He can do! Our HOPE is in the one who performs miracles, who loves us beyond explanation, who provides, strengthens, pours out grace and invites us to be a part of His plans.
Just as I have to work at not looking forward to the next adoption, move, vacation, etc., and missing out on all He has for me each day - I am praying for that same strength, hope and joy in Him as we pour into these girls and live the life He's called us to right here - right now.